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The Cask of Amontillado – February 11, 2008
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Went to an unusual live/film presentation this evening in one of the gallery buildings on West 26th street that used to be for industrial uses. This bricked-in alcove might still, to this day, contain the bones of Fortunado, chained to the wall behind Montressor’s masonry. In pace...

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Finality of Stowage – February 10, 2008
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A process that began back in January that was posted here has reached  an end with the final move of a houseful of furniture to the Auctioneers, and to the Storage Facility. We’re able now to relax a bit from some family responsibilities that have been taking us most every weekend to Ewing, New...

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Wartime Coinage – February 9, 2008
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My Uncle Al (1897-1993), served as a sergeant in both World War One and World War Two. I spent part of today organizing and repacking about 80 lbs. of coins – his longtime hobby was collecting “Wartime Nickels and Metal Pennies” from the years 1941-1945. He gave them to us when we were kids, and over the years we’ve added old-style Silver Dollars, Silver...

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The First Twin Towers – February 8, 2008
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The San Remo, 74th Street and Central Park West, was the first of New York’s twin towered apartment buildings. Built in 1929-1931, each ten-story tower is topped with an homage to the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. All architectural specifics aside, (since it’s not my field) on a bright winter day these edifices just look...

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I Can’t Patella Lie – February 7, 2008
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I’ve been thinking a lot about steps for the past few days. Something’s going on with my knee that causes some odd clip-clop noises when steps are involved, and some unspecified “involvement” when walking the sidewalks. And there are steps everywhere – on buses, subways, in my building (two sets – the picture shows the view of my entry to the street), and the...

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Super Bowl/Super Tuesday – February 5, 2008
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The choice today was either stand in the rain with the maniacs for the Giants “Ticker Tape” (that is, Toilet Paper) parade, or spend a few contemplative moments with the candidates paper trail (no chads here!). New York is one of the last vestiges of the old-style, mechanical voting machines that are probably as old as I am! Joe Biden…...

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You Are Your Data
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You Are Your Data When it goes, you go… What would happen if you forgot your printout of the presentation, or the notes you planned to use for an important meeting? You’d call the office to have someone email or messenger it to you. What if you realized you left your briefcase in the cab, on the train, or somewhere that it might not...

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Heavenly Ascent – February 3, 2008
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Just back from a walk on what can only be described as a “balmy” February Sunday (50° today!). Architecture in Manhattan takes many forms, the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church is mid-block on 71st Street, and the street level view gives one pause to think of higher...

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The Father of our Country – February 2, 2008
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I’m in Princeton again today where this major monument can be found. The engraved stone on the back of this monument states: “Here memory lingers to recall the guiding mind whose daring plan outflanked the foe and turned dismay to hope when Washington with swift resolve marched through the night to fight at dawn and venture all in one victorious battle for our freedom.”...

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Can’t ya Hear the Whistle Blowin’? – February 1, 2008
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Making my way home tonight one of my favorite sights ran through the 47th-50th Street Station. I always like when something other than the ordinary passenger subway passes through. This was a work train, not as rare a sight as the “Money Train” that comes by from time to time – kind of a giant underground Brinks...

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The Coin of the Realm – January 28, 2008
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In the days of my youth, the U.S. Dollar Coin was robust, weighty, and as big your fist (well, as big as the side of your fist). I spotted this “Moon Landing” silver dollar in the bank teller’s tray today, and it gave me pause to reflect not only on how our buying power has lessened, but also that the coins we use to...

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The Princeton Bell – January 27, 2008
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I’ve been visiting the Princeton area on weekends lately, and this bell is one of the few remaining relics from the war vessel “The U.S.S. Princeton” launched in 1843. Unfortunately, in 1844 it was taken for a pleasure trip down the Potomac with President Tyler, his cabinet, and other distinguished guests on board, when a gun exploded, killing the Secretary of State, the Secretary...

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Mars Attacks – January 26, 2008
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This certainly caught my eye. In Trenton this somewhat traditional  newspaper needs to scream out this headline, reminding me of that old favorite, The Weekly World News, and similar supermarket...

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Handle With Care – January 25, 2008
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I passed a truck with this warning today. A corrosive substance is one that will destroy or irreversibly damage another substance with which it comes in contact. Unfortunately, there are people who do this to others...

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Marking Time – January 24, 2008
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This is an astronomical table clock I found intriguing at the Met. It has special mechanisms and dials to display information such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and major planets. This is posted in honor of my sister’s birthday today – Happy Birthday...

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The News – January 23, 2008
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Every Wednesday, bright and early in the morning, I find myself here at Rockefeller Center where there’s always something worthy for the “Photo-a-Day.” This is Isamu Noguchi’s second sculpture, created in 1938. It’s a nine-ton stainless steel bas-relief entitled “News,” which was unveiled above the entrance to the Associated Press building at Rockefeller Center in April...

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Signs of the Times – January 18, 2008
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In a small off-street park downtown on Sixth Avenue can be found an ancient device – a sundial that serves as a marker of the passing hours. Behind it is a recently uncovered wall billboard that serves as a marker of the passing...

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The Russians are Coming – January 14, 2008
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This morning I awoke to a client report of a failed site. The cause was a hacker identifying Russia as the home location, but that’s not a given by any means. This is one of the hacked code pages that was posted. Cute beetle, eh? I back up my client sites so it took about 5 minutes to put everything back in...

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The -Final- Word on Spam
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The Final Word on Spam And that word is… Spam is so pervasive that this is my 3rd article about some aspect of it. And it should be my last article about spam because I’ve stopped mine. And you can stop yours. Here’s how, in one word: Gmail. Sign up for a free Gmail account from Google. Your spam will stop. (My definition of...

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Spam-Proof Email Addresses
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Spam-Proof Email Addresses Outwit the Spam Harvester Robots Automated programs scour the web looking for email addresses to “harvest” for email lists that eventually will be used to send the unsolicited emails we all know as spam. It’s simple for one of these programs to recognize an email address – if it has the “@” character it’s almost certainly an email address. Some web...

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You’ve Got Spam!
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I’ve been approved! That mortgage I never applied for has been approved! This is one of the more family-friendly email subjects we’ve all received. If you get Spam emails regularly, you’re already familiar with the way the subjects seem to ebb and flow. This week, I started getting those cryptic emails filled with unrelated words: acilitate cuisine crewel adjutant standeth cos hostess corporeal rensselaer...

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Phishing for Phools
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Hi there! We’re your friends at PayPal. You know it’s really us because the PayPal logo is at the top of this page, and here’s real proof – our big Verification Symbol! Something happened and we lost your access info. We need to get this info from you again or we’ll have to suspend your PayPal account and all of your records might be...

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Meta Tags for Search Engine Magic!
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Want to get a top ranking in search engines? No problem! All you need to do is add a few magical “meta tags” to your web pages, and you’ll skyrocket to the top of the listings. If only it were so easy. Let’s make it clear: Meta tags are not a magic solution. Meta tags are not a magic solution. Meta tags are not...

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